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The Swarm

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,471 Ratings  ·  651 Reviews
For more than two years, one book has taken over Germany's hardcover and paperback bestseller lists, reaching number one in Der Spiegel and setting off a frenzy in bookstores: The Swarm.

Whales begin sinking ships. Toxic, eyeless crabs poison Long Island's water supply. The North Sea shelf collapses, killing thousands in Europe. Around the world, countries are beginning to
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Sep 11, 2007 Jake rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This is probably the only non-political book where I wanted to punch the author in the face after reading it. Possibly the most irritating book I have read since The Dark Tower. the book is fine for about 600 pages, then Frank loses it completely.

First off, if after 600 pages you don't care whether a single character lives or dies, you know your in trouble. Secondly, if you are going to make the argument that everyone is just a mass of DNA and everything we do is the sole outcome of that DNA, w
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 22, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2008-2012)
Nature strikes back. This is the most important message of this book: we have to take care of our environment and that definitely includes the sea, the ocean. In this wonderful sci-fi book, a group of scientists have to fight against the Yrr, an alien kind of one-celled microorganisms found in the bottom of the sea that have the ability to eat away the continental drift and when these pesky creatures destroy the drift, it causes tsunami and flooding. These Yrr can even pollute small crabs and lo ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Serkan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) Fact1: Biyoloji dersi gibi kitaptı (iyi anlamda). Bu nasıl bir yazardır neresinden araştırmış bu kadar şeyi.
2) Fact2: Kötü editör iyi kitabı rezil eder. Gereksiz bölümler gereksiz diyaloglar gereksiz yan olaylar.
3) Öğrenilen ders: Film senaryosu yazmakla kitap yazmayı birbirine karıştırmamalıyız.
4) Uyarı: 6 punto kör eder.
5) Temenni: Gene de keşke her kitap bu derinlikte olsa.
Pretty good yarn if not taken too seriously. The strengths are that the story is obviously well researched and the biological and scientific explanations given look quite convincing (although my knowledge of the field is admittedly limited). The "enemy" is interesting and adequately mind-boggling for a sci-fi yarn. The cons: The characterization is pretty weak, and some of the characters are far too cartoonish to be convincing (Judith Li, Greywolf...); the technique of the all knowing narrator i ...more
Morad Bagoury
Feb 15, 2013 Morad Bagoury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far one of the most amazing books I have ever read in my life. First off, the plot is beyond epic. For as long as we can remember, we have always thought about the existence of aliens in outer space, but we rarely thought about them being underwater. This is where Schatzing does his magic and really gets you going. Many of you know the famous line:
We know more about space than we know about our own oceans
Well, this statement is out into action after (view spoiler)
Feb 25, 2016 nikos rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Μετα απο 1021 σελιδες και 1066γρ(το εβαλα στη ζυγαρια) το τελειωσα.Αν εξαιρεσουμε τις τελευταιες 300 σελιδες που κατι ψιλολεγανε, οι πρωτες 700 ηταν : Βιολογια. μοριακη βιολογια, βιοχημεια, βιοφυσικη,βιοτεχνολογια, μηχανικη βιολογια,γεωλογια, γεωχημεια,γεωφυσικη,ωκεανολογια, ωκεανογραφια, μηχανολογια, πλατφορμες πετρελαιου, μικροβιολογια, γυναικολογια, χημεια σκετη,χημεια απ"ολα,πυρηνικη φυσικη, αστρολογια, αστρονομια,μαγνητικα πεδια, οινολογια,λογιστικη, αισθητικα, κοσμετολογια, θρησκειολογια,μ ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Kirschkuchen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sigur Johanson is a wormologist (He's actually a biologist at the university Trontheim and an expert for worms). Accidentally, there's a strange species of deep sea worms that eat a lot of stuff with complicated names. Things threaten to collapse on a continental level. Basically, the world as we know it will crumble under the impact of worms (so far so awesome).

Leon Anawak is a whalist (he's a maritime scientist and studies whale behaviour) and is taken aback when he watches whales attack boats
Feb 15, 2010 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cindy by: 1001 Books Group Read
I'm wavering between 2 and 3 stars for this Crichton-esque brick of a sea-thriller.

On one hand you have whales, crabs, dolphins, sea worms, shoals, and sharks galore. All awesome. Oh and the top fru-fru Parisian restaurant infested with gooey lobsters. Right on. Also, there's some interesting thoughts on life-forms, consciousness, collectives and intelligence. I'll be thinking about those ideas for a while, even if they aren't anything new. The thriller and horror part of the story was plenty in
Sep 29, 2007 elvedril rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
A well written thriller with a very interesting plot. Despite its strengths it is held back by an unlikely premise and the author's inability to stop pontificating about international politics through his characters.

It reads like a bit like a multi-writer Mary Sue story. I don't mean the fact that pretty much every important character is a certifiable genius, that's fine since the story revolves around the top experts in multiple fields working together. Okay, that's wrong, it's not fine. It's
Valeer Damen
May 11, 2010 Valeer Damen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Schätzing has done a great amount of research for this, inquiring at actual marine biology institutes and other knowledge centres. If you look around a bit, you will note that his information is still up to date.

He manages to tread the fine line between too much information and superficiality very well. He makes accessible scientific information to a lay audience, which might be the most praiseworthy author's activity there is. I'd be grateful if he could write a book like this on every other su
Oct 15, 2009 Isi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A great plot idea by a terrible author. Not recommended. Characters are flat, one-dimensional, and predictable, at times the book is downright sexist and, yes, racist. Language (I read the German original) is puerile and often vulgar in a dumb, embarrassing way. While some of the science in the book appears plausible to me, other aspects are strangely under-researched: Who ever heard of the rank of "general commander" in the US Navy? The absolute low is when Schätzing descends into the depths of ...more
Free Fall
Oct 21, 2010 Free Fall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After I read this book for the first time, it remained my favorite for half a year. I still enjoy going back and reading my favorite parts occasionally. On the other hand, it's really heavy. Difficult to curl up in bed with.

The plot starts with several scientists scattered around the world who start to notice odd things about the ocean. The odd and disturbing occurrences build up until - bam - apocalypse. Actually, it's a small version of the apocalypse, but close enough.

And the scientists gathe
Aug 30, 2008 Reina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reina by: Gálceran
Reseña, tomada de:

"Probablemente muchos pensarán que no serán capaces de leer un libro de 969 páginas. Es cierto que es difícil mantener el interés durante una obra tan extensa, pero estoy seguro de que El quinto día, de Frank Schätzing, no os defraudará. Con un ritmo trepidante, casi desde la primera página y hasta la última, cabalgando entre la ciencia ficción y la divulgación científica, este autor alemán os mantendrá enganchados y os sorprenderá con un
Es fängt leise und kaum bemerkt an: Vor Peru verschwindet ein Fischer. Einige Zeit darauf beginnen verschiedene Tierarten, sich merkwürdig zu verhalten. Wale scheinen plötzlich aggressiv und attackieren Boote. Vor Norwegen finden Exploratoren eines Ölkonzerns Massen von Würmern, die nicht nur nicht dorthin gehören, sondern auch seltsame Mutationen aufweisen. Doch das alles ist erst der Anfang…

Mit “Der Schwarm” hat Frank Schätzing wohl das Werk seines Lebens geschrieben. Ich kann gar nicht genug
Woah. Ich habe diese Monstrum endlich fertig gehört. bin so glücklich gerade darüber :D
Cooler Umweltkrimi - ala die Natur schlägt zurück - zwar Fiktion aber schlüssig und gar nicht so weit hergeholt. Die Killer in diesem Buch sind sehr variationsreich - alles was die Natur so zu bieten hat: Wale, Krabben, Hummer, Würmer....

Hier steht die Story im Vordergrund, die menschlichen Charaktäre sind nicht so liebevoll entwickelt, aber das macht nicht viel, man sollte sie eh nicht so sehr ins Herz schließen, denn sie sterben wie die Fliegen. Kurz vor dem Ende spekuliert man schon, ob überh
Bilge B
Jul 10, 2016 Bilge B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, sf
Cok guzeldi. Bunu var ya, film yaparlar demedi demeyin.
Herkes de okumali ayrica.
Mar 02, 2011 Jule rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
wow, wow. wow wow wow wow wow.

this book stole my nights last december. i almost missed christmas for the sake of finishing it as soon as i could. i dare say it is one of the best books i ever ever read. of the books of its kind, i mean. too many days in december i felt drowsy because i was unable to put the book back on the night stand the previous night.

i read this book in its german original and enjoyed reading in my own language so much. schätzing did an impressive job, researching all the fa
Feb 06, 2012 Francesca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1032 intense pagine gustate a pieno, fino alla nota dell’autore e i ringraziamenti finali!
È vero che una risposta è sempre la fine di una ricerca ma è altrettanto vero che più la ricerca si spinge nel microcosmo più esso si rivela immenso e nessun luogo è più sconosciuto delle profondità abissali.
Ed è l’abisso che si solleva contro gli uomini per lo schifo che si ritrova dentro a partire da centinaia di migliaia di km di cavi a fibre ottiche che formano in tutto il mondo la spina dorsale dell’e
Jan 14, 2016 Dimitra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lonely-novels
After keeping this book on my tbr shelf for 7 years, after almost 2 months of reading, I FINALLY finished this ginormous thing!!!

I can't say that I didn't enjoy reading it, but it certainly was a struggle...
In my opinion, it would be perfect if it was like 300-500 pages long.
1000+ with continous, repetitive scences of experiments and researches without any explanation of that...thing...were too much!

But the moments of thrill, twists and suspense were amazing!
It was like:
Doğan Kaytan
Jan 25, 2012 Doğan Kaytan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normalde bir kitabı 4-5 gün gibi bir sürede bitirmeme rağmen Sürü kitabını bitirmemin yaklaşık 25 gün sürdüğünü belirtmek isterim öncelikle. Ama bu kitabın sıkıcı olduğundan değil, yazı puntosunun gerçekten çok küçük olmasıyla alakalıydı, bunun dışında kitap için söyleyebilecek tek kelime kötü söz bulamıyorum. Kesinlikle son zamanlarda okuduğum en iyi Bilimkurgu/Macera türündeki romandı.

Bilim kurgu türünde bi kitap olmasına rağmen, kurgu kısmını anlatmadan önce yazarın verdiği bilgilerle kitap
Jul 25, 2009 Fiona rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waste-of-time
I read this because it was recommended by a colleague and the environmentalist stand was close to my heart.

Made it through around 200 pages before I gave up, having realised I had just wasted 2 weeks of my reading life. (The fact that it took me 2 weeks to read 200 pages says it all.) It's just one long bla bla bla bla bla of "scientificky" jargon. The only mildy interesting part was the chef being attacked by a lobster, but since it takes about 5 lines in the telling, don't hold your breath.

Feb 06, 2010 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mita
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Mar 21, 2016 Antje rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Die Suche nach fremder Intelligenz ist immer die Suche nach der eigenen." Carl Sagan

Tatsächlich ist "Der Schwarm" ein wissenschaftlich angelegtes Buch, das sich für mich an keiner Stelle mit seinem Wissen als zu aufdringlich anfühlte. Manche Autoren packen ihre wissenschaftlichen Theorien auf ein paar handlungsleere Seiten, und verlieren sich in der Beschreibung von Funktionsweisen von Mechanismen, Bauweisen, usw. und verlieren mich als Leser meistens gleich mit. Frank Schätzing hat aber einen
Δεν είναι τόσο τα μικρά πράγματα (χαρακτήρες, δομή πλοκής κλπ) που κάνουν αυτό το βιβλίο φανταστικό. Αν θες να του προσάψεις ελαττώματα, σίγουρα θα βρεις πολλά. Η ιδιοφυΐα του Schätzing, που φέρνει τον προβληματισμό για την ανθρωπότητα δίπλα δίπλα με τη φαντασία και την επιστημονική έρευνα, σε συνδυασμό με το θριλερικό στοιχείο είναι που κάνει αυτό το βιβλίο πραγματικά ξεχωριστό.
Jan 23, 2008 Christina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vacationers, beach bums, science geeks
Recommended to Christina by: my sister...
I really enjoyed this book in spite of the author's glib b.s. politics and his supremely b.s. hairstyle. This is clearly a man with so much ego it passes for no self respect. Let's be honest, it was tasty paperback fare.
Take that as you will.
Jan 06, 2013 Lester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What an achievement! The story begins with strange happenings in the ocean and its creatures, and takes a tremendous twist - the jacket cover description of an 'ecological thriller' is apt. So rather than talk about the story, I will talk about the writing.

The first thing that really struck me was the pace of the book. It begins as the events do - slow, sporadic, and almost lethargic. The reader is lulled into a feeling that strange things are happening, but they are going to take a long ti
Aug 03, 2012 Crysalis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mille pagine di capolavoro intrise di profonde conoscenze su tutto ciò che può interessare: psicologia, biologia, genetica, sociologia, e chi più ne ha più ne metta, e che si lasciano leggere in maniera sorprendentemente veloce e a ritmo serrato.
Semplicemente, a questo romanzo, un difetto è quasi impossibile trovarlo, o quantomeno a me non riesce di vederne uno. I personaggi sono ben caratterizzati, si muovono con estremo realismo e interagiscono a diversi levelli di profondità emotiva. La stori
Nov 21, 2014 Diego rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, science
This is a gripping book, and in his first part a thrilling one. The author spent several years to get all the scientific background that let him to write a convincing story. And he really achieved his objective, because the text results highly precise describing the stunning nature, at the same time it never loses pace.

The main focus of the plot is a world biological crisis, although the main characters don’t realize the magnitude of the events until the middle of the book. The story begins slow
An interesting mix of eco-thriller and "What if" and some kind of pre dystopian drama (yes, I'm having some troubles fitting this one into my genres/shelves ;)).

This book isn't perfect, the characters are not round enough for me to keep them all apart at all times, some kind of glossar/cast list would've been nice (or maybe that's just my edition?) Anyways, the book makes it up with an quite exciting plot that was fast paced for the most time. Not all of it - some scenes were a bit too long, too
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Schätzing was born in Cologne and studied communication studies; he later ran his own company, an advertising agency named INTEVI, in Cologne. Schätzing became a writer in 1990, and penned several novellas and satires. His first published novel was the historical Tod und Teufel in 1995, and in 2000 his thriller Lautlos.

Schätzing achieved his greatest success in 2004 with the science fiction thrill
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“I'm a reasonable kind of guy. If I hear something that seems to make sense, I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. If the alternative explanation has to be pounded into shape before it fits the mould of our experience, it seems to me that it's unlikely to be true.” 7 likes
“It was the mystery that biologists from Darwin onwards had been longing to solve. How could we understand the ability of fish and seals to survive in the cold dark waters of the Antarctic? How could humans see inside a biotope that was sealed with layers of ice? What would the Earth look like from the sky, if we crossed the Mediterranean on the back of a goose? How did it feel to be a bee? How could we measure the speed of an insect’s wings and its heartbeat, or monitor its blood pressure and eating patterns? What was the impact of human activities, like shipping noise or subsea explosions, on mammals in the depths? How could we follow animals to places where no human could venture?” 1 likes
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